A N A C T
RELATING TO CRIMINAL PROCEDURE
It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:
SECTION 1. Section 12-28-4 of the General Laws in Chapter 12-28 entitled "Victim's Rights" is hereby amended to read as follows:
12-28-4. Right to address court prior to sentencing. -- (a) As used in this section, "victim" means one who has sustained personal injury or loss of property directly attributable to the felonious conduct of which the defendant has been convicted. In homicide cases, a member of the immediate family of the victim shall be afforded the right created by this section.
(b) Prior to the imposition of sentence on a defendant who has been adjudicated guilty of a crime in a trial, the victim of the criminal offense shall be afforded the opportunity to address the court regarding the impact which the defendant's criminal conduct has had on the victim. The victim shall be permitted to speak prior to counsel for the state and the defendant making their sentencing recommendations to the court and prior to the defendant's exercise of his or her right to address the court.
(c) "Community impact statement" means a written statement providing information about the financial, emotional and physical effects of a crime on a community. A "community" shall mean a society or body of people living in the same place or neighborhood sharing common interests arising from social, business, religious, governmental, scholastic or recreational associations.
(d) In addition to the right of a victim as identified in subsection (b) above, if the crime has an impact on the community where the incident took place, any person, association or other group of persons may file a community impact statement with the court prior to the imposition of sentence on a defendant.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon passage.